Changes at Dogtown Roadhouse

062510dogtown1The originators of Dogtown Roadhouse in the Winter Sun said goodbye to customers Saturday night, leaving the pizza and entertainment establishment in the hands of a new management team.

What started as pizza from an oven in the back of a pickup truck evolved into the Roadhouse, taking over and expanding the space once occupied by Sally Walker’s popular Cafe del Sol coffee house.

Dogtown escaped many predictions of demise and built a loyal following of patrons. The establishment hosted the celebration of Tom Ryan’s life after the Republic of Floyd’s owner’s death in January, helped with the honoring of Rio Semione, was a popular vendor at FloydFest and provided a showcase for bands that might not have otherwise played Floyd.

After a roller-coaster ride that included run-ins with the Town of Floyd, Virginia’s Alcohol Beverage Control board, the Sheriff’s department, the State Police and the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Taxation, a new management team has taken over.

Says Anga Miller:

Myself, along with Rick Hall, Ruth Neumann, Janiah Allen, Lucy Lamanna, Ed Erwin, and hopefully a few others are coming together as a team to step in and help with management issues, and financial resources, until a new plan can be ironed out.

After an outpouring of pleas from all over the community from people who love having a place such as this to enjoy relaxing with a beer and sharing time with friends and music, we felt it was important to try and keep this venue alive, very much in the same spirit as the Republic of Floyd continued after we lost our beloved Tom Ryan.

As Rick Hall said when he contacted me to help, “Dogtown has made downtown a more enjoyable place and given the community a great place to meet for everything from enjoying great music and light conversation to mourning. I think it is a huge asset to our community, and am eager to see it continue in some form”.

Anyone else out there who is interested in helping in this endeavor please contact me.

(Updated to add information from Miller and to correct some misinformation.  To help, her comment originally posted below was moved to the story above. My apologies for some incorrect information in the original version.)

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